2017 Trek Remedy 8 Bike

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Awesome Aluminum Trail Slayer

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The Good:

Excellent Suspension and solid parts spec

The Bad:

Handlebars fit funny and resin brake pads. Creeky. Dropper Remote sucks

Overall Review:

Maiden Voyage


What is The Remedy 8

I live in Southern Utah and ride a variety of terrain. From buff BMX style hard pack, to the slick rock ledges and drops of Gooseberry and the other Mesas. I'm not a racer now days but I need a bike that I could saddle up and ride in a 24 hour relay or pony up to ride an enduro. I also need a bike that won't break the bank (is there such a thing anymore), so aluminum is usually my choice. I was looking for an updated long travel trail bike to replace my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll. The Remedy 8 ticked all of my required boxes. 150 mm of travel, Sram GX 1x11 drivetrain, Pike RC fork, Boost spacing, and a KS Lev dropper post. All at a Read More »

Overall Review:

Maiden Voyage


What is The Remedy 8

I live in Southern Utah and ride a variety of terrain. From buff BMX style hard pack, to the slick rock ledges and drops of Gooseberry and the other Mesas. I'm not a racer now days but I need a bike that I could saddle up and ride in a 24 hour relay or pony up to ride an enduro. I also need a bike that won't break the bank (is there such a thing anymore), so aluminum is usually my choice. I was looking for an updated long travel trail bike to replace my 2015 Cannondale Jekyll. The Remedy 8 ticked all of my required boxes. 150 mm of travel, Sram GX 1x11 drivetrain, Pike RC fork, Boost spacing, and a KS Lev dropper post. All at a reasonable price.

Spec

As I mentioned above the spec is pretty solid for a $3200 bike. Here are some of the highlights:

Sram GX 1x11 drivetrain- still trying to find out why people spend more money for anything less than Eagle.

Rock Shox PIKE RC- Yes I know it not the top of the line but what more do you really need.

Bontrager XR4 2.4 Expert tires- These are brand new. They use a similar tread pattern to the previous XR4's but have an added level of sidewall protection. I ran the old version on my previous bike and these are even better.

KS LEV Dropper post- Now this is an OE model post that I was skeptical about and was debating switching out for a different model but decided to give it a try. It a 120 mm model (which is plenty for me) and has internal routing. I have been quite pleased with its performance and KS has a 2 year warranty.

Bontrager Duster Pro Wheels- These wheels are nothing fancy. They are sealed bearing hubs, have a solid engagement and use asymetrical rims to keep the spoke tensions more even. They have a 24 mm inner width and weigh over 2000 grams. With all that being said they have taken some sharp hits on low PSI and have yet to ding, dent, or wobble.

Bad Spec

Not all was peaches and cream with the spec of the bike, most notably the cockpit. The Line knock block stem is fine but I have had to replace everything else.

Bontrager Line 35 bars- All Bontrager Handlebars I have found have a funky sweep that pinches my wrists. I replaced then with Race Face SixC 800mm bars.

Bontrager Saddle- 2 gripes here. 1. Shape too narrow in the prostate region. Aint nobody like a numb dingy. 2. it has this shinny, very sticky black insert that grabs hold of your shorts when you are moving around the saddle on technical climbs.

KS Dropper remote- The bike comes as a 1x so should come with an under bar remote. But this OE model remote provides no leverage and makes changing saddle height in tough sections of trail difficult, especially latter in the ride when your hands are fatigued. I replaced it with a Race Face remote.

New Cockpit

The Ride

Coming off my Jekyll several things have really pleased me with this bike.

1. The short Chainstays- This bike is so snappy and fun and it loves to get airborn. The manual point is so easy to reach, I have almost looped out coming off of drops. It changes the way I pick lines through techy rock sections, not because it can't handle plowing through them, but because it is so fun to find creative ways around and over them.

2. The active suspension- I have notice a significant increase in rear wheel traction when climbing rocky/ledgey climbs. The suspension also stays working under hard braking and allows me to take harder lines through the rough corners.

Other than that the bike is what you expect from a long travel bike. The rear shock has a 3 position switch. I leave it in open 70% of the the time. I will put it in the trail mode if I'm on an extended climb but the suspension is fairly efficient even in the open mode.

I did not mention the Deore Brakes above. The performance has been quite good. On higher speed trails, where more brake force is needed I had noticed some lever flex and my hands getting a bit more tired than usual. It was here that I realized the Deore brakes come with low end rotors and resin pads. This severely limits the potential of these stoppers. I will be switching out the rotors to some beefier models and putting in some sintered pads, which I figure will greatly increase the performance of the brakes.

Overall Impression

I was a hard sell going into this bike. I have been a longtime Cannondale rider, and if the new Trigger would have come out 2 months earlier I probably would have gotten it instead of trying out the Remedy. But all things work out and I am sure glad they did. The bike is not perfect, It has some creaks, and some of the pivots have come loose, but I have loved this bike and would recommend it to anyone as an all rounder with a nudge to the rough side of things. It's not the lightest, 31 lbs as it sits now, but when I upgrade the wheels and cranks I will be at a sub 30lb bike that rips!

Top of Boy Scout Trails Hurricane Utah


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Vital MTB member Jared Wilkinson
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It loves most terrain

Rating:
The Good:

Good spec for price Versatile Good geometry

The Bad:

Dropper a tad short for my liking Needs a chain guide Bar needs more sweep Should come with softer tires Re:aktiv

Overall Review:

I got this bike to get back to mountain biking. Next thing you know I'm racing enduro.

The steed is too much for an xc loop and after having it for 2 months I find myself going slow on flats and uphills to save energy for the perfect downhill run! Only the roughest DH rock gardens have been too much to enjoy on the bike. It really feels much like a dh bike but the travel is not there. Although the Re:aktiv shock creates some stiction to the beginning of the compression and on some hits or berms decides to plummet through the travel quite unexpectedly it has not been anything I couldn't get used to. Although in the beginning it was bugging. The Read More »

Overall Review:

I got this bike to get back to mountain biking. Next thing you know I'm racing enduro.

The steed is too much for an xc loop and after having it for 2 months I find myself going slow on flats and uphills to save energy for the perfect downhill run! Only the roughest DH rock gardens have been too much to enjoy on the bike. It really feels much like a dh bike but the travel is not there. Although the Re:aktiv shock creates some stiction to the beginning of the compression and on some hits or berms decides to plummet through the travel quite unexpectedly it has not been anything I couldn't get used to. Although in the beginning it was bugging. The support the Re:aktiv shock gives is just enough for pedaling, but does not help on a technical climb when you need to trials your self over roots and rocks. I find myself not attempting climbs anymore because of how taxing (although definetely doable) they are on this bike. Jumps are awesome and balanced on this bike. I am running a bit more rebound damping though than Treks suggestion. I put one more token on the shock and 2 on the fork. With 18-20% sag the fork bottoms out very rarely and I have not had the shock bottom out noticably at all, but full travel has been used very often.

I had the shock tuned to minimize the Re:aktiv effect. This gave me a little bit more control on the berms, but left the bike bobbing a bit more while pedalling. However for the type of riding I like this tradeoff is worth it.

The bike developed loose pivots in the beginning. It was winter though and the temperature difference when bringing the bike inside was about 30°C so that might have affected it. I rebuilt the frame with thread lock on the bolts as well as between the oval "nuts" and the frame and there have not been any play or creeks in 6 months!

The rims could be wider and stronger. I tacoed the front hitting a knee high rock strait on. Threar has a 2 dents from 2 punctures.

This bike is not the most playful, but there is tons of stability and I appreciate the speed I feel comfortable going through tight twisty rocky descents.

Specifications

Product Trek Remedy 8 Bike
Model Year 2017
Riding Type Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry
15.5 in , 17.5 in , 18.5 in , 19.5 in , 21.5 in View Geometry
Size 15.5 in 17.5 in 18.5 in 19.5 in 21.5 in
Top Tube Length 547mm 577mm 596mm 611mm 641mm
Head Tube Angle 66.6° 66.5° 66.5° 66.5° 66.5°
Head Tube Length 100mm 100mm 105mm 110mm 125mm
Seat Tube Angle 74.6° 74.5° 74.5° 74.5° 74.5°
Seat Tube Length 394mm 419mm 445mm 470mm 521mm
Bottom Bracket Height 343mm 343mm 343mm 343mm 343mm
Chainstay Length 433mm 433mm 433mm 433mm 433mm
Wheelbase 1131mm 1161mm 1180mm 1196mm 1226mm
Standover 789mm 767mm 760mm 754mm 770mm
Reach 403mm 433mm 449mm 463mm 487mm
Stack 584mm 584mm 588mm 593mm 607mm
Wheel Size 27.5" (650b)
Frame Material Aluminum
Frame Material Details Alpha Platinum Aluminum, Full Floater, EVO link, down tube guard
Rear Travel 150mm
Rear Shock RockShox Deluxe RT3, RE:aktiv 3-position damper, tuned by Trek Suspension Lab, 230x57.5mm
Fork RockShox Pike RC, Solo Air, Charger damper, E2 tapered steerer, Boost110
Fork Travel 150mm
Head Tube Diameter E2 tapered
Headset Knock Block Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom
Handlebar Bontrager Line, 35mm, 27.5mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Bontrager Line, Knock Block, 35mm, 0°
Grips Bontrager Rhythm, dual lock-on
Brakes Shimano Deore hydraulic disc
Brake Levers Shimano Deore
Drivetrain 1x
Shifters SRAM GX, 11-speed
Front Derailleur N/A
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, Roller Bearing Clutch
ISCG Tabs ISCG 05
Chainguide N/A
Cranks SRAM GX 1000
Chainrings 32 tooth SRAM X-Sync
Bottom Bracket PF92
Pedals N/A
Chain SRAM PC 1130
Cassette SRAM XG-1150, 10-42 tooth, 11-speed
Rims Bontrager Duster Elite Wheels, Tubeless Ready (tubeless strips included, valves sold separately)
Hubs Bontrager Duster Elite Wheels, Boost110 front, Boost148 rear
Spokes Bontrager Duster Elite Wheels
Tires Bontrager XR4 Expert, Tubeless Ready, Inner Strength sidewalls, aramid bead, 27.5x2.40"
Saddle Bontrager Evoke 2, chromoly rails
Seatpost KS eThirty Integra, remote lever, 2-bolt head, zero offset, internal routing
Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm
Seatpost Clamp Standard single bolt
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions Boost148
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Matte Trek black/gloss Trek white
Warranty Lifetime frame, 5 years swing arm, 1 year paint and decals
Weight 30 lb 9.6 oz (13880 g)
Miscellaneous ABP - Active Braking Pivot
Mino Link adjustable geometry - tune head tube angle by 1/2° and bottom bracket height by up to 10mm with the turn of a nut
Alpha Platinum Aluminum - lightweight aluminum continuously cold extruded and butted at multiple points, and hydroformed into tube shapes for maximum strength and minimum weight
Control Freak internal routing - allows any combination of shifter, brake, lockout, and dropper post lines to be routed through the frame
Straight Shot with Knock Block steerer stop - Straight Shot frame design for optimized stiffness-to-weight ratio and a more responsive ride
Price $3,299.99
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